With the U.S. Women’s National Team celebrating a World Cup Championship in Paris just hours prior, the U.S. Men’s National Team had a final of their own Sunday night. The writing was on the wall for a triumphant weekend for US Soccer as millions of Americans observed Independence Day holiday, but Mexico had something to say about it. Soldier Field in Chicago was the setting for the 2019 Gold Cup Final where Mexico defeated the United States thanks to a late winner from Jonathan dos Santos.
The game was played to a 0-0 stalemate in the first half, with all statistical categories being essentially even as well. The scoreless halftime draw wasn’t for lack of chances however. The USA got off to a fast start with Pulisic getting in behind in the 5th minute and denied by Ochoa. Then in the 7th minute Jozy Altidore had a clear 1v1 with Ochoa and rolled it wide of the post. Arriola would also have a great chance in the 30th minute but that too rolled wide, and the U.S. had little to show for their great first half efforts.
Morris had a header cleared off the line in the 50th minute of the second half from a Pulisic corner kick as the U.S. looked to be snake bit. Fast forward to the 72nd minute and Mexico’s standouts Jiminez and dos Santos combined for a beautiful sequence at the top of the USA box, which resulted in a top class finish dos Santos on his left foot into the upper corner of the net. That would be all from the scoring as some late pressure from the USA amounted to nothing.
It was a well played game from both teams, and both teams had their moments to seize control. In the end it was Mexico who grabbed their record setting 8th Gold Cup title in Chicago Sunday night. Christian Pulisic was named young player of the tournament, a formality at the least. The final closed the summer international window for the two teams as players will head back to their respective clubs for MLS & MX league action, or preseason across Europe. The future looks brighter for team USA, who are loaded with some young talent, they now need to learn how to win big games together to take that next jump.
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